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"Growth must be chosen again and again;
Fear must be overcome again and again."
The Women's Success Development Center is offering workshops
to assist women in increasing their effectiveness as well as
their satisfactions. The workshops are designed to aid the
individual in working through her own problems, establishing
and implementing her own goals, and making her own decisions.
Each workshop lasts 6 weeks and is limited to 12 participants.
The following are the days and times each workshop meets:
Survival Skills and Techniques
Monday, January 8, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9, 6-8 p.m.
Friday, January 12, 10-noon
Separated or Divorced: Women in Transition
Monday, January 8, 10-noon
Monday, January 8, 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 9, 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, January 11, 10-noon
Thursday, January 11, 6-8 p.m.
50 Years and Growing
Wednesday, January 10, 6-8 p.m.
Pre-registration begins Monday, December 18. Please call or write
for our brochure, or for further information.
Women's Success Development Center
4141 Southwest Freeway, Suite 415
Houston, Texas 77027
Francine Friend, Director
Give yourself a present this holiday and have a peaceful New Year.
'there oughta be a law9
by Judith Richards and Barbara Karkabi
Harris County Representatives and Senators are preparing for the 66th legislative
session, which begins in January, 1979.
Some have prefiled a number of bills already; many are in the process of defining
their legislative priorities.
Prefiling is designed to streamline the
workflow at the beginning of the session.
One administrative aide describes the process like this: "We research an issue, draft
a certain proposal, send it to the legislative council.They put it in proper wording according to how the law has to be
changed to achieve a certain end and mail
it back. Then we redraft it, send it back
to them and it's prefiled."
Although elected officials' legislative
priorities are often determined to some
extent by knowledge gained in committees and on special commissions, the legislators reaffirmed the importance of hearing from their constituents.
Rep. Bill Blythe, for instance, cited
an example in which one call made a
difference. "Last session, one call from a
lady resulted in a law. I thought about
the point she'd made, decided she was
right, introduced a bill, and it got passed
Rep. Chase Untermeyer's office put it
this way: "In general, 75 percent of our
bills come from the concerns voiced by
our constituents. People are calling up
and coming by constantly. We want feedback on what voters are interested in and
The District 79 newsletter solicits public opinion and involvement: "Harris
County Delegation meetings are held the
first and third Wednesdays of each month
at 8:45 am in the Speaker's Committee
Room of the State Capitol. Any individual or organization interested in presenting
their views on legislation concerning local
issues in Houston and Harris County
should contact Ron Waters. Next time
you think 'there oughta be a law,' give us
Breakthrough contacted the offices of
all the Harris County delegations to the
Texas House and Senate. Response to the
informal survey was good. An outline of
Texas legislators' current interests follows:
House District 17
Rep. Ed R. Watson (D), like most of the
representatives, has an Austin staff working on researching and drafting bills in the
areas he is most interested in. His office
mentioned a few bills already drafted;
others are in process. First, Watson plans
to introduce a bill that will protect injured students who participate in inter-
scholastic programs. This bill will establish districts' liability for certain medical
expenses incurred by students who suffer
severe injuries in specific athletic activities.
Another bill is in the works which
would allow approved work experiences
of vocational trades and industries teachers to be considered in lieu of or as equivalent to teaching experience in determining teaching appointments.
A third bill is designed to ensure that
the Justice of the Peace will be provided
equipment by the county government, if
necessary equipment is not already provided. A fourth bill will remove insurance
penalties for speeding violations between
55 and 70 mph.
House District 18
Rep. Ed Emmett (R) will take Joe Allen's
seat in the House. "I plan to look seriously at no-fault insurance," Emmett said. "I
will either introduce of co-sponsor legislation for competency testing in the
schools, and I am interested in the areas
of sexual assault laws and child abouse
"Since I am a freshman representative,
the specific legislative areas in which I
will make a push will be determined
somewhat by the committee work I do.
Transportation was the main focus of my
House District 79
Rep. Ron Waters' (D) staff mentioned
four bills of particular interest right now:
An election reform package. One of
Waters' main goals in this session will be
to ensure a permanent proportional
presidential primary bill. This might
involve moving the date of the primary
closer to the November election (e.g.,
from May to September), so that the
campaign timespan—and possibly the
expenses—would be lessened.
A litter control bill. Based on the
California and Washington state model
litter control bills, Waters' bill would tax
industries which contribute to the litter
problem and use the tax revenues to pay
for clean-up campaigns.
A landlord-tenant bill that would
provide a habitability warranty, that is, it
would provide tenants with safe, clean,
maintained living conditions, as well as
legal recourse if these conditions are not
met is another of Waters' interests.
A "percent-for-art" bill would allocate
up to two percent of a public building's
construction cost for public art projects
at or near the construction site.
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HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH DECEMBER/JANUARY 1979